Singapore is one of my favorite places that I have visited this year. I really hope that I have the chance to come back someday.
Before arriving in the tiny city-state, I had mixed feelings about it. I’m sure many of us remember that Singapore had some bad press a few years back when a young American man broke the rules and received what many Americans felt was an unfair punishment. It made me feel like I was going to visit an extremely oppressive country, but that certainly wasn’t the case. Instead of getting into that here I will just say that rules are rules and usually breaking them has consequences. When we choose to visit other countries, we must be respectful of their rules and keep the local penalties for breaking them in mind.
Now that we have that out of the way, on to our trip! We both arrived early Saturday morning, Chris from Tokyo and me from Chennai, promptly dropped our bags off at our hotel, and set out to explore the city.
I took a chance with a boutique hotel and it was awesome. Check out this room! We have considered doing something like this with the ‘kid’ bedrooms in our house to make them bigger. This may have cemented that plan.
Especially coming from India, Singapore was a huge treat. I was able to eat fruits and veggies with reckless abandon, brush my teeth with and drink the tap water, and wear ‘normal’ clothes. It was so wonderful!
On day one we had a relaxing breakfast, of breakfast burritos, and strolled around for a few hours. Our first stop was the Singapore Flyer, a huge ferris wheel with views of the city. It made me think of riding the ferris wheel at the end of the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Next up was a visit to Raffles, a historic hotel famous for inventing the Singapore Sling. Chris tried the real deal while I sipped on a fruit juice concoction that was a similar color to a Singapore Sling. We both enjoyed eating the peanuts from big bowls on the bar and dropping the shells on the floor.
We spent the next few hours wandering around before heading out to the Singapore Zoo for a night safari. The Singapore Zoo is pretty interesting in that they use a lot of natural barriers to separate animals that would typically have a predator/prey relationship. This gives the illusion of the lion area being seamlessly connected to the giraffes and zebras, but without endangering the giraffes and zebras. A really awesome concept. I wish we had better photographs, unfortunately, flash photography was not allowed and the pictures are not salvageable.
Day One of our Singapore trip was wrapped up by heading to Clarke Quay for dinner. Clarke Quay has a very lively nighttime scene, filled with bars, restaurants, and street vendors. Our dinner was good, but I feel like we didn’t get the full Clarke Quay experience since I couldn’t go bar hopping at all. I suppose that I could, but it didn’t seem all that appealing in my current state.
Whew! That was a long day! Day Two coming soon!